If you’ve been following project 2nd edition then you’ll know I was never a fan of the cardboard ruins and cardboard Ork Dreadnought. I made some proxy ruins out of the plastic Cities of Death ruins and sourced a BNIB Ork Dreadnought from eBay (£30 – reasonable I thought). Having completed the Dreadnought, that now concludes this project. Read on for more pictures.
This project was all about respecting the classic but bringing it up to date. The original didn’t have a base (60mm bases hadn’t been invented yet) and it came with a paper banner which I didn’t want to use. Instead I sculpted a greenstuff banner and freehanded the classic iconography.
I also painted the checks across the chest by freehand. it almost broke my heart when I had to weather over the top of the time consuming checks. But it looks better for it in my opinion.
For the weathering I sponged on some metal chips and painted on larger chips or scraps as well. I tried to keep it subtle, I didn’t want it taking over the look of the piece. I didn’t want the first thing you noticed to be the weathering. I also used a rust pigment on some of the black areas and metal areas. Once again I didn’t cover the model in this stuff, just kept it localised to areas it would naturally collect.
I used more weathering powder on the feet, this time I used a sand coloured one to represent it getting all dusty.
Conclusion: This classic model is a bit on the small size to be classified as a proper Deff Dredd. It’s more akin to a Killer Kan in stature, but it has too many arms to be a Killer Kan. If I played Orks, I would use it as a Deff Dread I guess. I think this contemporary paint scheme has breathed fresh life into a classic model. It was also fun to do a bit of weathering as well. I’ve a long way to go before I’m as good as ThirdEyeNuke though.
Group shot with battle report is on the cards. Just got to find the time to fit it in. 🙂
It looks fantastic Garfy – the whole set you put together is a real visual treat – congrats on getting it all done.
Cheers dude. 🙂
- Chris M. aka "Sgt. Scream"
Garfy, I wonder if you could do the same with a boxed game of "Space Crusade". I always wanted to see that classic board game painted to such a high standard. keep up your good work.
I did advanced Space Crusade… well GW renamed it Tyranid Attack, but it's exactly the same game.
I'm actually getting a slight itch to paint my Space Hulk set (the recent one). It might be because I'm playing it on my iPad recently.
Garfy, amazing work! It has been a real treat watching you complete this project. Thank you for sharing! Well done!
Thanks Dan, I really appreciate you taking the time to feedback.
The dread painting is spot on awesome.. I have a comment on the banner though. It looks pristine compared to the dread.
I would have at least expected a bit of soot where the exhaust is next to the banner on the back.
Now im off to read the rest of your blog 😉
Valid suggestion. Thanks for the heads up.
Congratulations, I think this actually completes the 2nd edition setup replacing those ohhhhhh so dodgy cardboards with great plastics and white metal. Love seeing this classic model again and great to see the classic paint scheme visited by the modern method fairy it's the best of both worlds
Chances are this thing was proper lead pewter as I'm sure it pre dates the introduction of white metal.
Nope, it's White Metal. Don't forget they were producing this model up until the late 90s. It could be that early production runs of this model are lead though.
So glad you went with some weathering, you've hit the balance perfectly and should be proud of the whole project. Eagerly awaiting a battle report. I take it you'll be using 2nd ed rules.
Oh yes, 2nd ed rules for sure. It won't be differcult because there are no characters, no psykers and only 1 vehicle. should be a piece of cake to pick up again.
- Chris M. aka "Sgt. Scream"
@Garfy: I am not talking about Tyranid Attack. I am talking about Space Crusade, though it was called Star Quest in some countries. Any chance you are going to paint one of those?
I don't own it, it's unlikely I'll pick one up. I do have Epic 40,000 though and Space Hulk (3rd ed).
- Gordon Allen
Garfy, this looks fantastic! Makes me want to start an Ork army in a big way, but I'm trying to stay focused on my Ultramarine army first.
Congratulations on the completion of a great project.
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Excellent job there! It's nice to see that you pulled through in the end and finished the project.
How about a group photo to finish it off, or maybe play a few games with it?